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PDP CRISIS | Goodluck Jonathan calls Sheriff ‘My Chairman’, Wike and Fayose lament

by on February 21, 2017
 

Former President Good­luck Jonathan may have on the basis of last Fri­day’s judgement of the Appeal Court recognized Sen­ator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the cri­sis-ridden Peoples Democrat­ic Party (PDP).

Jonathan’s body language and statements on Monday in­dicated that he is not opposed to the leadership of Sheriff as he repeatedly called him “My Chairman.”

However, the former Pres­ident seems not to be on the same page on the issue with the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr. Ayodele Fay­ose, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other party leaders.

Wike and the others blunt­ly rejected Sheriff as the PDP national chairman and lament­ed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) intolerance of the opposition.

Their comments may have been prompted by the Police refusal of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s group of the PDP, the opportunity to hold its meet­ing yesterday at the Internation­al Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

Speaking with newsmen after a closed door meeting with Sher­iff, Jonathan said that the PDP is not factionalised.

During the interactive, Jona­than who had initially declined to speak with journalists until Sheriff appealed to him to oblige the re­quest of the newsmen, repeatedly called the former Borno State gov­ernor: “My Chairman, My Chair­man.”

He said: “We are solving our problems. There are bound to be differences in politics. It is the way we resolve these differences that makes us human beings and that is what makes us leaders. We are not fictionalised. We are one.

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“I have met with Sheriff. And I have met with others. I will still meet with others, so that we will be able to do what is expected of us as a political party.”

In his comment, Sheriff said that he would not join issue with anybody, stressing that, “if I go down to their level, it means we are the same.”

He added that he is consult­ing with leaders of the party and would address Nigerians after due consultation.

Sheriff said: “We only have one PDP and only one chairman. We are putting things together to ensure that the party is united. We don’t want to have a divided house. We don’t have anything like caretaker committee.

At the PDP stakeholders’ meeting, Governor Wike said that he and the people of Rivers State will not do anything with anybody at the level of national chairman except with Makarfi.

He said: “On behalf of Rivers State, we will not relent. I will not’ Rivers State will not do anything with anybody other than Makarfi. We are not surprise by what is go­ing on. We are used to it.

“This is the kind of democracy we know they will give to us. This is the period we will know those who are stronger. When we won the matter, they stopped us from gaining entrance into the secre­tariat.

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“That is to say that they are not the only people fighting us. They wouldn’t have closed down ICC if the government had not joined forces with the other people. No amount of intimidation will stop the PDP,” he stated.

Fayose on his part said that the “Judiciary cannot tell us who will be our chairman” and lambasted the police for attempting to dis­rupt the meeting.

The governor alleged that the ruling party wants to destroy the PDP, which is the only viable op­position, adding that, “those clos­ing our meeting should be careful.”

On his part, EKweremadu said that “all key organs and bod­ies of the PDP movement towards the Makarfi-led PDP Nation­al Caretaker Committee despite the judgment of the Court of Ap­peal on the party’s leadership tus­sle showed that “it is not the hood that makes the monk.”

He expressed anger toward the sealing of the ICC, Abuja, the earlier venue for the PDP stake­holders’ meeting by the security agencies.

Ekweremadu said: “Flagrant manipulation of critical institu­tions of democracy was not only dangerous, but bad news for the nation’s democracy.

“We are aware that all the in­stitutions of democracy are being manipulated and harassed in this country. The National Assembly and the Press are not left out. The Independent National Elector­al Commission (INEC) has been captured and now a part of the APC. Our judiciary is being in­sulted and assaulted daily. Judg­es’ houses are being attacked very late at night and the judges are be­ing harassed.

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“So, we are not surprised at what we are seeing today (sealing of the meeting venue). But what remains is for us to remain reso­lute,” he said.

In its communique, the PDP stakeholders said: “Having duly filed both an appeal at the Su­preme Court and an applica­tion for Injunction pending ap­peal in the morning of Monday, the 20th February, 2017, we pass a resounding and unqualified vote of confidence in the leadership of the Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party and pledge our un­alloyed support to it as it pilots the affairs of the party in this crit­ical transitional period of the par­ty’s life.

“To this end, we are not at all deceived by the supposed olive branch being offered by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, knowing that the only thing that can come from traitors of his ilk is nothing but a poisoned chalice and a Greek gift.”

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  • February 21, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Comment…This men cannot kill me with laughter ooooo

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  • Ukpabia Jean Claude
    February 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Why should they court decides who is chairman. Let there be free and fair election for pdp to choose their chairman

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    • Onwordi
      February 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Free and fair election for the party chairman and other Excos will not be conducted without setting up an electoral body. Who will set up such body, A. Ahmodu faction B. Makarfi faction C. APC-led Federal government of Nigeria D. All of the above E. None of the above.

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  • Onwordi
    February 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    It is now clear that PDP as a party has collapsed. This shows that those agitating for self rule are not united. Should I say ‘GEJ with Wike or GEJ vs Wike’. I believe time shall tell.

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  • light
    February 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    The military would have taken over if APC had been in power from the beginning. killing democracy?

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  • Jacob
    February 21, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I think if the stakeholders of the PDP party brought in Ali Modu Sherif as the transitional National Chairman, and then decided later that he should not conduct the National Convention but rather a Caretaker Committee should be saddled with that responsibility, this action i imagine is within the party’s purview to do so; without being too legalistic. Party leadership should be determined by the organs of a party. The courts should be careful not to unwittingly get too entwined in the internal affairs of party politics, to prevent a situation like in this case, where the major party structures are apparently not in support of the decision of the court. There cannot be strong leadership without a broad support base.

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  • Jacob
    February 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I think if the stakeholders of the PDP party brought in Ali Modu Sherif as the transitional National Chairman, and then decided later that he should not conduct the National Convention but rather a Caretaker Committee should be saddled with that responsibility, this action i imagine is within the party’s purview to do so; without being too legalistic. The courts should be careful not to unwittingly get too entwined in the internal affairs of party politics, to prevent a situation like in this case, where the major party structures are apparently not in support of the decision of the court. There cannot be strong leadership without a broad support base.

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  • Mike
    February 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Is a good one for the party, when others were rejecting sherrif wike and fayose insisted that it must him or no one else, thank God sherrif is not a push over, they should return what they collected from him, goodluck is wise for calling him is chairman

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  • Modes
    February 22, 2017 at 1:17 am

    The head cannot stand on its own without the neck holding it….majority makes sense…simple logic should be applied to save the opposition party by the judiciary

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